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The poster child of the Emulation scene.  WinUAE is what every other emulation project inspires to be.  The level of compatibility so advanced at this stage it’s almost certainly better than real hardware in just about any circumstances.

An interesting twist seeing when UAE was first released it was jokingly referred to as the “Unusable Amiga Emulator”.

Current editions of UAE will happily run just about any real world Amiga configuration you can possibly dream up.  With any version of the Amiga chipset, and full CPU options from the original 68000 right through to more advanced 68060 setups.  All mainstream Amiga models can be configured from the original 1000 through to the end of line A4000, and beyond.  This includes full support for both CD based systems, the CDTV and CD32.

Most major expansion cards are catered for from original CPU and RAM upgrades through to hard drive controllers and advanced graphics using the RTG system developed by Phase 5 at the end of the Amiga’s life.   This advanced device support and extremely high levels of compatibility allow all original Amiga OS’s to run and both later editions, versions 3.5 and 3.9.

PowerPC support was added in by incorporating the PowerPC code base from the qEmu virtualisation project.  This provides support for the original PowerUP accelerator and through that support for the newer AmigaOS4 series of operating systems.

More recently the level for detail has taken a left turn by incorporating code from the PCem project which does a similar job to UAE for original IBM PC family of computers and compatibles.  By incorporating this code better emulation of the various x86 expansion boards is possible for running MS-Dos application on the Amiga, just like real hardware.

In short if it’s Amiga it can be done with WinUAE.  Forget new hardware, this is where the legacy of the Amiga leaves on.  This is the modern Amiga.

One caveat.  The Amiga operating system is still under copyright and owned by Cloanto so you’d need to grab copies of the Kickstart Roms and OS disk images from them.



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